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2021 MotoGP season: calendar, rules, riders and more

The 2021 MotoGP calendar

From the original calendar presented at the end of 2020 by MotoGP for the 2021 season until the final one, many changes have occurred, almost all related to the pandemic. After the last news, at the end of July, this is the number of grand prizes and circuits.

The updated 2021 MotoGP race calendar

Date Big prize Circuit
28 march Qatar Qatar* losail
4 april Qatar Doha* losail
18 april Portugal Portugal portimao
2 May Spain Spain Jerez
May 16 France France Le Mans
May 30 Italy Italy Mugello
June 6 Spain Catalonia Barcelona
June 20 Germany Germany Sachsenring
June 27 Netherlands Holland Assen
August 8 Austria Styria Red Bull Ring
August 15 Austria Austria Red Bull Ring
August 29 United Kingdom Great Britain Silverstone
12 September Spain Aragon Aragon
September 19 San Marino San Marino Misano
3 October United States America Austin
24 octubre Italy Emilia Romagna Misano
7 november Portugal Algarve portimao
14 november Spain Valencia Valencia

* Night race

Dorna announced in early November the first version of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship calendar. In it, the 20 grand prix that were planned this season were recovered, after COTA (United States), Termas (Argentina), Mugello (Italy), Sachsenring (Germany), Assen (Holland), Kymiring (Finland) fell in 2020 ), Brno (Czech Republic), Silverstone (Great Britain), Motegi (Japan), Phillip Island (Australia), Buriram (Thailand) and Sepang (Malaysia).

However, the pandemic forced changes and in the first definitive version the USA and Termas were left out to give entry to Portimao and a second appointment in Qatar. However, if health conditions permitted, the American tour would take place in the last quarter of the year.

In mid-May, Dorna announced the cancellation of the Finnish GP , scheduled for July 11, (although at the same time he claimed to have reached an agreement until 2026). The slot initially left until August 15 eventually led to a second grand prix at the Red Bull Ring on August 8, a week before the Austrian GP.

Before the summer, MotoGP updated its calendar again and Austin entered through Japan. Weeks later, Australia was canceled and a second appointment in Portimao was added in its place in the final part of 2021. And already at the end of July, the Thai GP on October 17 was canceled.

At the end of the summer the Malaysian GP was canceled and a second at Misano was added. In the last and definitive update of the calendar, Austin was confirmed and Argentina fell definitively.

MotoGP kept an ace up its sleeve and has included a reserve circuit depending on how the health situation evolves: Mandalika (Indonesia).

The championship will close, God willing, in Valencia on November 14 .

Reserve circuits for the 2021 MotoGP race calendar


Reservation Circuits



MotoGP 2021: the new rules

As a result of the pandemic, MotoGP decided to freeze development in 2021 to lower costs. Thus, in essence, the bikes will be the same for those who did not have concessions, that is, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Ducati. KTM –like Aprilia– , which lost its advantages this course, will still be able to take advantage of it and will put on the track a new prototype that it has already been testing on the track.

The engines that were already sealed in March 2020 in Qatar will also be used in 2021. However, in the aerodynamics , a change can be made during the course.

MotoGP 2021: Driver line-up

Nearly half the grid changed places in 2021. Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and Tito Rabat left the championship, while Enea Bastianini, Luca Marini and Jorge Martín arrived from Moto2.

Of the 11 teams present, only one remains unchanged: Suzuki . The champion Joan Mir continues to be accompanied by Álex Rins until at least 2022. Ducati is completely renewed with Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia while Yamaha has exchanged Valentino Rossi for Fabio Quartararo in the official.

KTM covers Pol Espargaró’s march to Repsol Hond by raising Miguel Oliveira from Tech 3 to official status, while Danilo Petrucci has taken his place. Alex Marquez has stepped aside and will team up at LCR Honda with Takaaki Nakagami.

As a teammate of Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia finally had Lorenzo Savadori after the refusals he received from all the Moto2 riders he contacted.

Jorge Martín made his debut at the Pramac Ducati , while Bastianini and Marini made it at the Esponsorama . From there, Johann Zarco made the leap to partner with the Spaniard.

MotoGP 2021 riders and teams





Honda RC213V

Spain Marc Márquez

Spain Pol Espargaro


Ducati Desmosedici GP19

Australia Jack Miller

Italy Pecco Bagnaia


Yamaha YZR-M1

France Fabio Quartararo

Italy Franco Morbidelli*


Suzuki GSX-RR

Spain Alex Rins

Spain Joan Mir



South Africa Brad Binder

Portugal Miguel Oliveira


Aprilia RS-GP

Spain Aleix Espargaró

Spain Maverick Viñales*

Pramac Ducati

Ducati Desmosedici

Spain George Martin

France johann zarco

Tech3 KTM


Italy Danilo Petrucci

Spain Iker Lecuona

Petronas Yamaha

Yamaha YZR-M1

Italy Valentino Rossi

Italy Andrea Dovizioso*

Exponsorama Ducati

Ducati Desmosedici

Italy Luca Marini

Italy Enea Bastianini

LCR Honda

Honda RC213V

Spain Alex Márquez

Japan Takaaki Nakagami

*Mid-season changes

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